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Subject: Call for papers--Authenticity and conservation

Call for papers--Authenticity and conservation

From: Erma Hermens <e.hermens>
Date: Friday, December 8, 2006
Art, Conservation, and Authenticities: Material, Concept, Context
University of Glasgow
12-14 September 2007

The Art History Department at the Glasgow University is organizing a
three-day symposium on the subject of Art, Conservation, and
Authenticities: Material, Concept, Context as a follow up of the
successful one day conference that took place on March 24, 2006.

The purpose of the symposium is to discuss and debate the notion of
'authenticity' within the context of the conservation of art and the
production of art, in the past and at present.

'Authenticity' is one of the most influential factors that determine
a course of action for a work of art in need of conservation. It is
also one of the most contested.

Identifying exactly what constitutes an artwork's 'authentic' state
can be problematic and challenging; maintaining or displaying it as
such even more so. This conference seeks to stimulate discussion
around three key areas considered vital in establishing or
vouchsafing an artwork's 'authenticity': material, concept, and
context.  Interdisciplinary research into art production: historical
materials, techniques and studio practice; a more conceptual
approach when considering authenticity in modern and contemporary
art  (e.g. what is the status of the original 'carrier'?); and the
importance of the original and present context for the authentic
artwork, are key topics.

Deadline for abstracts: 1 March 2007. Selected papers will be
published in the symposium's proceedings.

We invite abstracts for papers that cover a wide range of subjects
from a variety of disciplines, periods, and approaches as well as
specific case studies.

    *   Specific dilemmas conservators and curators are facing when
        making decisions on conservation treatments and modes of

    *   The interaction between art historians, conservators and
        conservation scientist while investigating the original
        intent of the artist,

    *   Research methodologies--both art historical and
        scientific--that can be used to support this.

    *   The authentic artwork in context--original and present
        display etc.

    *   How to preserve the ephemeral and conceptual?

    *   Authenticity and conservation ethics

Abstracts/enquiries to

    Erma Hermens
    History of Art Department
    Glasgow University
    +44 141 3303943
    +44 141 5677
    e.hermens [at] arthist__arts__gla__ac__uk

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